UK Chancellor Defends Spending Billons On Preparation For No-Deal Brexit

Geraldine Edwards
April 14, 2019

Pro-Brexit British politician Nigel Farage on Friday launched a campaign for an election that may never take place to an institution he routinely insults - the contest for United Kingdom seats in the European Parliament.

The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door negotiations.

European Council President Donald Tusk acknowledged as much when he delivered a message to Britain: "Please do not waste this time". May came to the summit in Brussels seeking a delay to June 30.

Anti-EU Brexit politician Nigel Farage has launched a campaign for a European Union (EU) election on Friday that might never take place to an institute where he insulted the contest for British seats in the EU parliament.

He further added it would be "unforgivable" for Labour to avoid another referendum on European Union membership, and warned against pushing through a Brexit deal that ends freedom of movement and removes single market access.

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One of May's most pro-EU ministers, Hammond has faced criticism from Brexit supporters for saying Britain should stay close to the bloc.

Other leaders, who gave May an extension of up to six months to October 31, said they had got the point.

Originally set for March 29, May sought an extension after Parliament's constant rejections.

"This second extension in the space of a fortnight represents not only a diplomatic failure, but is another milestone in the government's mishandling of the entire Brexit process", he said.

Hammond also said the Brexit delay was hampering government efforts to improve economic productivity and could throw off course a planned multi-year budget for government departments due late this year.

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The idea of a new referendum was among several Brexit alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May's deal that were put to lawmakers in the last month but which all fell short of a majority in parliament.

She stressed: "Unsurprisingly many of our European partners share the deep frustration that I know so many of us feel in this house over the current impasse". The party accuses the government of failing to offer concrete changes to its Brexit blueprint.

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a media conference at the conclusion of an European Union summit in Brussels, Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Conservative Brexiteer MP Jacob Rees-Mogg's sister Annunziate Rees-Mogg is among the new party's candidates for the May elections.

"I think we have reached a position where we are aware we are a million miles away from the promises made during the referendum campaign, and in those circumstances what the British public should be given is a final say".

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In February, Mr Corbyn finally caved in to pressure from Labour MPs and party members and announced he would back a second vote to doge a "damaging Tory Brexit".

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